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Bow Pants to the rescue...............

Some of my stamping friends seem to have a problem tying bows to add to their projects.  I have been using a simple little tool for years (so long ago that I can't remember when it started or where it came from) ~ BOW PANTS.  The name of the tool is easy to remember because it looks like a pair of pants and it makes bows!  I make mine from the lightweight cardboard in the back of the package of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Series Paper.  I make mine using an old punch some of you will remember ~ Word Window ~ but the CLASSIC LABEL PUNCH (on page 166 AC) will work just as well!  You can see the different sizes of bows (and, how much ribbon you will need) below the video.  This card will show you the finished bow made with Bow Pants!

Birthday card corrected


Bow Pants



Tuesday Project Sheet ~ Posted For You

You can find this stamp set, POSTED FOR YOU, on page 81 in Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog.  It is BUNDLED with the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch for $31.50.  A great bundle for easy peasy creative all-occasion cards.  We have been using it all month in my STAMP CLUBS ~ would love to have you join us any time to check on us and see if a monthly club just might be your 'cup of tea'!  

Posted For You

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Stampin' Up! ~ Mini Catalog Fun!











Stampin' Up! & planning ahead....

Do you believe it is time to think about card planning for Christmas?  I would refuse to believe it but on a dark and rainy day like today it makes it seem possible, don't you think?  The picture below, supplied by Stampin' Up!, makes it even more clear that I had better get my September, October and November classes scheduled.  I am wondering if some of you will have a problem with getting together.  I promise that I do everything possible to sanitize the studio but I know that is not always enough.  I am addicted to having you wonderful people crafting in person but I know that can't always work for everyone.  So, I will be having holiday card classes in the studio and by mail.  I am doing some planning and will let you know the results soon.  In the meantime, enjoy that Mini Catalog and dreaming about what YOUR card will look like!


This is a card I made yesterday ~ the inspiration is in the center in the panel above.

CASE but better

Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine

I just wanted you to know that it arrived!


Demonstrators can order the new machine early ~ a month early to be exact ~ and I have been waiting for mine to arrive.  I unpacked it today ~

Unboxing 1


UNBOXING 2So excited!  But, the handle is not attached (Alan wasn't home) so I haven't used it yet.  I do love the way it works ~ the way it closes to use a much smaller space and the weight ~ it didn't move once I put it on the counter.  I'll get that handle on and use it so ~ more coming!

September's Paper Pumpkin ~ it's Fall Y'all!


September’s kit is a must-have for those who love to celebrate all things spooky. But, for those who don’t enjoy the Halloween haunts, the multi-occasion stamp set combined with a variety of die-cut and reversible paper pieces offers many ways to customize your fall crafts!

The Hello Pumpkin Paper Pumpkin Kit includes enough supplies to create projects celebrating Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the autumn season. Make them all the same, or mix ‘n’ match!  And, alternative projects are always a great way to use your supplies ~ join me in the Cat/Art Studio ~ with your September PP ~ for some great alternatives ~ 7 to 9 PM, Friday evening, September 25.


Flight of Fancy & Angel Food....A Double Treat!

Double treat today ~ a card I created last week using the FLIGHT OF FANCY stamp set from the Mini Catalog and a not-so-fancy-but-delicious recipe!  The little angel on the card is one of three adorable angels in the stamp set that we can use for Halloween, Winter and even Valentine's Day.  I will have a Project Sheet for this card (but, it isn't complete yet).  The recipe for Pineapple Angel Food Cake, below, is one my sister, Sarah, told me about and I made it last weekend.  I wanted to pass it on to you because it is delicious and EASY!!!!  TWO INGREDIENTS!  Do you believe it???  Do try it ~ YUMMMMY!!


Flight of Fancy stamp set, page 59, Mini Catty





Stampin' Up! & Stamp Clubs ~ a Beautiful Friendship

Split Front Card (3)
Beautiful Friendship stamp set, p. 115 AC

AUGUST STAMP CLUBS start this week and I can't wait to teach everyone how to make this card ~ it is the split front technique.  It is a technique that I have been wondering about and finally found a diagram that made it obvious and easy to do!  My stamp clubs are approximately two hours long once a month and include two projects that will guarantee your continued interest in this wonderful craft (and the results will thrill your friends!).  Call or email me if you are interested!

And, if you earned Bonus Points in July now is the time to redeem them ~ you will need the code that Stampin' Up! emailed you so please bring it to class or use it on your online order (August Hostess Code:  UWRBACJF) to save yourself some money!  I have EXTRA Bonus Points and will be giving them away!  All you have to do is comment on this post and you will be entered into a drawing to receive two of my Bonus Points ($10) ~ and, I may be able to have more than one winner!!!!